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The 12 Days of LBEB

*Credit to Chow for the idea

It’s the holiday season, and at LBEB, we want to celebrate the holidays doing one of our favorite things: lifting ungodly amounts of weight all damn day, then bragging about it after. What better way to do this than put together a program based on the “12 Days of Christmas?”

This is how it’s going to work: Starting on December 13th, we are designating a different lift every day for 12 days, aiming for PRs 12 days in a row. This is not something that we would recommend combining with any other programming that you are currently on. This challenge will not be for the faint of heart; in fact, you probably shouldn’t even do it. I repeat, DON’T DO THIS (unless you want to get huge).

Starting today would be a great time to start a 6 day deload in preparation for this challenge. That means 6 days of doing absolutely NOTHING except stretching, eating, and resting to make sure you are adequately rested for 12 days of maxing. You want to know what it’s like to max every day, like all the “pros do”? Now you can put your money where your mouth is and test it for yourself. Marshall, Talia, and even Kristin Rhodes spend 10 days before their competitions not touching a single weight, and things work out pretty well for them at their competitions.

Here is how the lifts will break down on the appropriate days:

Dec 13th: Strict press
Dec 14th: Back squat
Dec 15th:Power clean
Dec 16th Bench press
Dec 17th: Snatch
Dec 18th:Deadlift
Dec 19th: Jerk
Dec 20th: Snatch grip deadlift (Use straps)
Dec 21th: Bear complex (1 complete rep)
Dec 22st:  Clean
Dec 23nd: Farmers walk (50ft)
Dec 24rd:1-1/4 squat

The following is a simple way to warm up to your max attempts without fatiguing yourself. In fact, this is what I do:

Starting with 2 reps the empty bar, add 10% of your max weight to the bar for sets of 2 reps until you reach 70%. Then, decrease to 1 rep per set and increase weight by 10% until you reach 90%, after 90%, take 5 minutes complete rest. Then, hit your old max and attempt a new PR at your own weight discretion. You can use this method for all exercises here. You get 3 attempts at a new max for each exercise before you have to call it quits, but that won’t happen, WILL IT?

We want to see as many people participating as possible, so please submit videos to the LBEB fan page, with “12 Days of LBEB” in your video title. You can also compile all videos into one giant video when its all over if you prefer.

Whoever makes it through all 12 days and PRs every day will be entered into a pot, where a winner will be chosen to receive a 5lb jug of protein of their choosing from

Do your part to help everyone participate in this by sharing this article with your friends. We will be waiting for your videos!


13 thoughts on “The 12 Days of LBEB

  1. Hey, awesome post! I look forward to trying this. Also, do you know a cure for scraping your knees and bleeding while depressing the barbell during deadlifting? It doesn’t hurt but it’s embarrassing when I bleed in front of people haha. Is this a form problem or should I just wear long socks/pants?


  2. You can try wearing longer socks, dont be ashamed if you are a bleeder.

  3. Best believe I will be participating. Just hit a 45lb pr on my strict press yesterday @ 220lbs. I’m stoked for this and looks like Christmas came early.

  4. Are points awarded if all lifts are done in jorts?

  5. god damnit im not big but these 12 days ill be lifting bigger than i ever have. 6 days of mental preparation ensues. thank you for this challenge, ive been needing a short switch up

  6. L-Train gives a thumbs up!

  7. Thanks Brandon.

    p.s. We got a bleeder!

  8. How do we validate our daily PR’s?

  9. Bro, I’ve got so many scars on my shins, knees, quads….hell, everywhere from deadlifting, and bleeding its caused! Bleed with pride bro! And then laugh at all the people who look in horror and disgust at you!!!!!

  10. This is going to be so fucking rad!!!! I love my Outlaw Crossfit programming, but this is going to way to much fun to pass up!!!!!!

  11. FYI. The 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas day. This needs to be rescheduled.

  12. What is the difference between a clean and a power clean? The video for clean does not work.

  13. A clean means you catchit in a squat, some refer to it as a “squat clean”.

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